Deep brain stimulation may help Alzheimer's patients

August 6, 2010 2:18:34 PM PDT
An experimental study by Canadian researchers reveals that deep-brain stimulation, which is used to treat Parkinson's disease, may provide a treatment for Alzheimer's as well.

Deep-brain stimulation is a surgical treatment that implants electrodes into a person's brain.

Doctors at Toronto Western Hospital performed the treatment on a small number of Alzheimer's patients. They found half of the patients experienced improved or stabilized memory capacity.

Researchers believe the findings deserve further study as the number of Alzheimer's patients is expected to triple by the year 2050.